Sapporo: Sapporo Beer Museum
Sapporo Beer Museum サッポロビール博物館
The Sapporo Beer Museum (Sapporo Biru Hakubutsukan) in Sapporo east of Sapporo Station is an historic brick building set in the Sapporo Beer Garden.
The Sapporo Beer Museum was originally built in 1890 as a sugar factory and owed much to to the ideas of William Clark, a former President of Massachusetts Agricultural College, who became a Vice-president of Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University).
The first beer production in Japan actually began on the site of the present Sapporo Beer Factory in 1877 based on German beer-making techniques brought back to Japan by Nakagawa Seibei who teamed up with Murahashi Hisanari to establish the Sapporo Beer Company. The site of the original sugar factory now the Sapporo Beer Museum was purchased by the Sapporo Beer Company in 1903.
Sapporo beer production continued on the site until 1965 and the Sapporo Beer Museum opened in the renovated building in 1987, with further renovation and a re-opening in 2004.
Now the three-story brick building is a modern museum dedicated to the history of beer brewing with exhibits explaining the process of making beer including a large copper kettle, the ingredients needed for beer-making, as well as the history of Sapporo beer in Japan from its first beer hall in the Ginza area of Tokyo to its present status as one of the big four breweries in Japan along with Kirin, Asahi and Suntory.
The Sapporo Beer Museum has a interesting focus on the design of Sapporo beer bottles over the years and of Sapporo beer posters showing some superb graphics from the 1920s and 1930s as well as more recent posters. There is also a collection of historic wooden Sapporo signs from beer halls from all over Japan and an introduction to the development of the Sapporo Black Label logo.
Finally visitors can enjoy Sapporo beer and buy Sapporo beer products in the beer hall after completing their tour of the museum.
The Sapporo Beer Garden
The Sapporo Beer Garden (Tel: 0121 150 550; 11.30am-10pm) housed in the red brick Kaitakushi-kan adjacent to the Sapporo Beer Museum offers visitors the change to drink Sapporo beer direct from the brewery and enjoy a Gengis Khan mutton BBQ at two beerhall-style restaurants in the building.
Access - Sapporo Beer Museum
The Sapporo Beer Museum is a 15 minute walk from Higashi-kuyakusho-mae Station on the Toho Line of the Sapporo subway two stops east of Sapporo Station. Alternatively take either the Sapporo Walk Chuo Bus #88 from the South Exit of Tokyu Department Store at Sapporo Station or Chuo Bus #188 from the North Exit of Sapporo Station. A number of buses also run to the nearby Ario shopping mall.
North 7, East 9, Higashi-ku, Sapporo Garden Park, 065-8633
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